By Journal Staff
MARQUETTE - Marquette General Hospital officials announced today MGH has joined the Duke Heart Network, a national leader in building and enhancing cardiovascular services, linking community-based cardiovascular programs with Duke Heart Center.
The center, respected worldwide for its clinical excellence and research expertise and ranked among the top 10 cardiovascular programs in the United States, is located in Durham, N.C., the home of Duke University.
MGH has been working on the affiliation agreement with the Duke Heart Network since MGH was acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in fall 2012.
Hospital officials made the affiliation announcement today in conjunction with several senior Duke Heart Center physicians traveling to meet with Marquette General medical staff this week.
"I cannot overstate what an incredible milestone joining the Duke Heart Network is for our hospital and the U.P. region we serve. It represents many months of careful planning by MGH, LifePoint and Duke," Marquette General CEO Ed Banos said in a news release. "We are very proud of our existing heart program, and with this affiliation will come capabilities for our medical staff to provide a truly unsurpassed level of care for our patients."
The Duke Heart Network range of services is based on expertise, exceptional quality and accessibility.
At Marquette General, the Duke Heart Network will assist in several areas of advanced cardiovascular procedure development. The network collaborates with hospitals to expand specialized cardiovascular services locally so that patients have options for quality-driven care as close to home as possible.
The network of heart affiliations combines the expertise and resources of the heart center with the strengths of community hospitals to develop new clinical services, enhance existing programs and improve patient outcomes through the use of evidence-based therapies and benchmarking.
The network announcement dovetails with the October acquisition by MGH of Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates, the largest and most established cardiology and vascular physician group practice in the U.P., which includes 12 physicians.
MGH Cardiologist William Jean said the group is excited by the potential the affiliation brings to heart care for U.P. patients.
"In addition to our physicians having access to Duke colleagues who have experience in areas we don't see often, from a physician standpoint we will gain Duke insight into establishing new programs that enhance quality, access and patient safety," Jean said.
"When Marquette General was acquired by Duke LifePoint, the door was opened to an array of clinical relationships with Duke University Medical Center. Recognized as one of the top 10 medical centers in the country for over two decades and world-renowned for its excellence in many specialties, Duke is the ideal partner for a regional tertiary center like ours," MGH Chief Medical Officer Tom Noren said. "In the era of healthcare transformation, quality of care, adherence to evidence-based best practices, program efficiency, and a commitment to continuous improvement are all paramount. An affiliation with Duke means Marquette General will ascend to even greater heights with all of these priorities."
Physicians from Marquette General's medical staff were scheduled to gather today for a medical education conference that included key Duke Heart Network doctors and representatives.